The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods is one of the grandest of grand hotels. It has a royal pedigree owing to the 1908 marriage of owner Carolyn Foster Stickney to Prince Lucinge of France, and an enviable celebrity guest list that includes Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, Joan Crawford and more recently, Justin Timberlake.
A luxury all-season resort located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Omni Mount Washington Resort is an elaborate masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture — the vision of Pennsylvania Railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney (Carolyn’s first husband), whose plans called for a steel superstructure, heating system and electric power plant. Opened in 1902, it immediately became the favored New England retreat of families, outdoor enthusiasts and even presidents.
Today, visitors to the National Historic Landmark can experience the sumptuousness of plush guest rooms and the pampering spa. The resort is set against a picturesque backdrop for a variety of activities, including Nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, zip lining, sleigh rides, horseback riding, rock climbing, trout fishing, and golfing.
Fine and casual dining includes two Four Diamond dining rooms; the new Stickney’s Restaurant, a pub and steakhouse; and the renovated Cave, an atmospheric former Prohibition-era speakeasy with stone walls and arched brick ceilings.
Craig Clemmer, director of sales and marketing at the resort, said the perfect overnight visit includes cocktails on the veranda at sunset, followed by dinner in the Omni Bretton Arms Inn at Mount Washington, and breakfast the next morning in the hotel’s main dining room.
“If you are adventurous and have the time, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is a ‘bucket list’ must,” he said.
The resort offers discounted rates for lodging and activities with advance purchase. A variety of options are available for day-trip motorcoach groups that include lunch, tea, cider, or wine and cheese, paired with a historic tour.
A minimum spend is required for larger groups to take the tour. Motorcoach parking is available on the resort’s 2,000-acre campus.
For more information, call 603-278-8970 or visit omnihotels.com/hotels/bretton-woods-mount-washington.
Article written by Kathy Witt.